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- Doppler by R. Seiliog
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 03 October 2013
Phil just thrust this LP into my hands saying “this looks interesting. It’s kosmische”, only for me to drop the needle and be confronted with what sounds like a Wurlitzer, as if my time machine has accidentally taken me back too far into the past. It corrects itself soon enough, though, and by second track ‘Ostisho’ we’re knee deep in head-nodding Neu-esque grooves and warm robotic synthesizers, while ‘Neigwl Vacuums’ later on the first side heads in more of a droney new age Popol Vuh-meets-Sun Araw tip which slowly disintegrates into crumbling analogue in superb style, showing that Mr Seiliog has more up his sleeve than a simple rehash of known krautrock styles.
Flip it and there’s more of this playful krautrock-influenced hypno jams with lots of likeable repetitive synth lines and interesting backwards textures. In terms of contemporaries I think the closest comparison would be a vocal-less Klaus Johann Grobe or a more analogue-fucked Warm Digits; in thrall to those classic krauty kosmik sounds but also stretching out towards a brighter future. Highly recommended, and a bargain at this price!
7/10 Micky Most Customer review, 7th January 2015
I bought Doppler in tandem with In Hz, the subsequent release by R. Seiliog, but beyond the artwork they've not much in common. In fact having now checked their entire oeuvre it's apparent there is significant evolution with each release so that where the first ep, Shuffles, was synth based kosmische, Doppler is noisier and more guitar laden albeit with some nice psychedelic whimsy. In Hz meanwhile pushes everything up into the red and is dense, dark and rhythmic.
Doppler contains plenty of Krautrock references, Cluster and Neu being the most apparent, but there is also the driving electro rock of The Peroxide ((H202)) which could easily have soundtracked an 80s brat pack flick and the Jan Jelinek meets Barrett era Floyd twitching psychedelics of Wendell's Tethered Skylark. So something for everyone? Well perhaps not quite but it's a diverse and intriguing mini album that, even if it falls short of In Hz's artistry, is a less daunting but equally engaging experience for those partial to a bit of lysergically spiked analogue bubblebath.
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